Since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with knowing the “why” of everything! Funnily enough, I grew up and became a scientist!!!!! I had great aspirations of doing something incredible like curing cancer or Alzheimer’s or some other insidious disease! I might yet, but for the time being my hands are full with being a stay at home mam. My brain will always be in nerd mode though…. particularly when it comes to immunology!!!!!! …. (and incidentally, like most nerds I know, I’m fairly passionate about the sci-fi and fantasy genre of books and films… but that’s a blog for another day). Friends and fellow parents have often come to me with “sciencey” questions which I have always been more then happy to answer, or investigate for them. Ye know stuff like “why can’t you take antibiotics for the flu?” and that sort of thing.
When I became a mother, a whole new world of “whys” opened up to me! My boys are both still under 4 but I have experienced a whole spectrum of both childhood and adult illnesses! I’m currently compiling a truck load of info, that I would love to share with you! My hope and purpose in this venture is to lift some fears of the unknown and debunk a few commonly held health myths… From one parent to another, I’d like to give some clear explanations of what I’ve learned about and experienced. Please note….. The thoughts and opinions I offer in my blog should by no means replace professional medical advice. I’m just a parent trying to make life a tiny bit easier by compiling helpful (hopefully) information and sharing my experiences!
On a more sinister note, I must tell you that I am also a multiple suicide survivor! I have grappled with clinical depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. Nothing, I REALLY MEAN NOTHING could ever prepare me for the loathsome depths of Hell that is postnatal depression. In my blogs I would like to share my experiences in the hopes of casting some light on this cruel disease. Due to the shame and stigma associated with perinatal depression and anxiety, I was slow to seek any help and allowed myself to become dangerously ill. More then anything I hope that someone out there will identify with my trials and have the courage to seek help. Postnatal depression is not a reflection of your abilities as a mother. It is not a life sentence and you can recover!!!!!!!!
I am so excited to become a member of the blogging community. I have been blown away by some of the uplifting and wonderful stories from other moms and dads, along with the phenomenal tips and advice! I hope and pray that I can make a valuable contribution!